Farmhouse Kitchen Caddy from Thrifted Find

It isn’t often that I pass up the wooden section of the thrift store. I mean…there is #trashure to be found! Sometimes though, you can find wooden items hidden here and there too. Take for instance this little box. It was hidden in the Christmas section of the store. The vision I had for it was a farmhouse kitchen caddy. Do you see it?

Thrifted Caddy Before Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

While I often prefer to build my own decor from reclaimed scraps and such, it’s I also enjoy recreating found objects. This stenciled box sure wouldn’t suit my decor as-as, but it makes for the perfect upcycling candidate.

Inside Pine Caddy |

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I’ve created a video tutorial for you below so you can see how easy it really is to do these techniques I’ll be sharing.


First, those stenciled pine trees had to GO. I like rustic, but this is kinda cutesy rustic. Out comes my favorite sander to play. tee hee.

Sanding Primitive Caddy for Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Next, I used a Briarsmoke Stain to give it an darker aged effect and also tried to match the dowel handle. I think I nailed it. woot!

Staining Wood Caddy with Varathane Briarsmoke Stain |

I let the stain soak in for about 5 minutes and then wipe off excess with an old rag. Don’t you think we’re headed in the right direction?

Wiping off excess stain on kitchen caddy |

After the stain cures, it’s time to add a whitewash of a flat latex paint. One of my favorite brushes is the Stubby Brush as it fits my hand wonderfully and makes dry brushing easy. You can see all 7 styles of brushes available in my online shop.

Dry Brush Painting Farmhouse Kitchen Caddy |


There is no doubt typography has my heart. I do enjoy stencils and they have their place, but designing and applying my own designs is where it’s at. I share the steps how I created this look for the farmhouse kitchen caddy in the video. Feel free to ask questions or check out my original transfer technique post HERE.

While I usually prefer my artist’s brushes and paint, I often use Sharpies to fill in my work too. Using an old maker makes for a ready-to-go aged effect.

Sharpie Marker Typography with DIY Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Last, but not least, I distress the caddy a bit and then add a smidgen of brown wax for added aged appeal. Notice I’m using an old Square Brush to do the job. That’s why these brushes are my favorite and why I offer them in my shop. So versatile!


Rustic Farmhouse Style Kitchen with DIY decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #kitchen #farmhouse #diy #homedecor #home #storage

Milk & Cream Typography for Farmhouse Kitchen Caddy | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #storage

Here is my farmhouse kitchen caddy all cute and ready to go. Do you love it too? I tell ya that there is so many ways you could take a cast-off like this an recreate it to suit your home. My jam is farmhouse with a touch of industrial, French, cottage chic.

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Farmhouse Style Kitchen Storage with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #storage #kitchen

Needless to say, I had a blast recreating this thrifted find into something fun. What would you have done to it, if not farmhouse? I’d love to hear!

Farmhouse Milk & Cream Caddy for Kitchen Storage | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #kitchen #diy #home #homedecor

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Update that thrift store find with farmhouse style. This farmhouse kitchen caddy now features vintage typography and farmhouse fun. Let Larissa of Prodigal Pieces show you how in her video tutorial | Head to #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #kitchen #storage

Up next is Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time, and I’m eager to share what I did with this that a friend sent me… Take a peek HERE.

Cut Feed Sack Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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In addition, more DIY projects like this farmhouse kitchen caddy:

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  • ColleenB.-Tx.

    Super cute farm kitchen caddy. I think your little white cow creamer likes it as well. 🙂

    July 25, 2019 at 6:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aren’t those so fun! I don’t even drink coffee, but love cows. tee hee!

      July 25, 2019 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Shirley

    Sweetie, you did A Beautiful job on the wooden farm caddie! that has to be one of your creations I love. I live on a farm /ranch and collect lots of stuff like that❤️ Did you hand draw the cow and writing.

    July 25, 2019 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Shirley. 😀 I created the graphic, then transferred it on, and filled it in by hand.

      July 25, 2019 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Marie

    Goodbye Christmas tree hello farmhouse! How cute is that little caddy now, Larissa!

    July 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo!! tee hee. Thanks so much, Marie.

      July 28, 2019 at 5:30 am Reply
  • Mary

    Really well done and very cute! Keep up the good work and thank you.

    July 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Such sweet words, Mary. Thank you!

      July 28, 2019 at 5:30 am Reply
  • Becky

    Very cute! Practical too, I’d definitely be able to find a place in my kitchen for that little guy. 😊 I’ll have to keep my eyes open while I’m out and about today… maybe he has a cousin. 😊 Pretty fonts!

    July 26, 2019 at 7:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You go, girl! 😀 I hope you find one too.

      July 28, 2019 at 5:30 am Reply

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